UCT Law@Work Competition Conference 13.10.17
Patrick Smith will speak at the UCT Law@Work Competition Conference, to be held in Johannesburg, over 12 and 13 October 2017. The programme includes an opening address by the Minister for Economic Development, Mr Ebrahim Patel, and panel discussions involving Judges from the Competition Appeal Court and members of the Competition Tribunal. Patrick will speak across two sessions, first discussing recent developments in the presentation of economic expert evidence, and second addressing the topic of “the concentration problem”, that is the primary area of focus in proposed amendments to the South African Competition Act.
RBB Partner to speak at the annual competition conference in Russia 13.10.17
Vitaly Pruzhansky will join a panel discussion on abuse of dominance at the 9th annual conference “Antitrust in Russia” in Moscow on 27 October 2017. The conference brings leading practitioners and competition officials discussing the hottest issues in competition enforcement in Russia. For more details click here.
RBB opens German office in Düsseldorf 29.08.17
MSV / Donington Park 11.08.17
On 11 August, the UK CMA unconditionally cleared the acquisition by the MSV Group of the Circuit Business operating at the Donington Park motor racing circuit. MSV owns and operates four motor racing circuits in the UK, namely Brands Hatch, Oulton Park, Snetterton and Cadwell Park, and also operates Bedford Autodrome, while the Donington Business operated motorsports events and supplied track time to third parties at Donington Park. The CMA investigated potential concerns arising from overlaps between the parties in the sale of tickets to spectators of major motorsports events, such as the British Superbike Championships and British Touring Car Championships, and the supply of track time to third parties such as racing clubs and track day operators. In each case, the CMA found limited evidence of head-to-head competition between the parties and that sufficient competitive constraints from other circuits will remain. An RBB team led by Patrick Smith and Iestyn Williams provided economic analysis and advice to Berwin Leighton Paisner, solicitors acting for the MSV Group.
Class Action Litigation in South Africa 02.08.17
On Wednesday 2 August 2017, the editors hosted a launch for a new book, Class Action Litigation in South Africa, the first of its kind, dealing with a novel area of the law. Edited by John Oxenham, Max du Plessis, Luke Kelly, Sarah Pudifin-Jones and Isabel Goodman, the book promises to be a leading resource for companies, practitioners and academics. RBB Partner Patrick Smith contributed to chapters in the book.